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Welch Announces Winners of 38th Annual Congressional Art Competition

May 3, 2019
Press Release
Spaulding High School’s Aubrey Benoit Takes First Place

MONTPELIER, Vt. – At the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced the winners of the 38th Annual Congressional Art Competition.  Winning first place was Aubrey Benoit of Barre’s Spaulding High School.  Her striking photograph, “Brother,” was selected by judges from a field of 157 entries from students representing 36 high schools across Vermont.

“I am amazed by the creativity of talented young artists across Vermont,” Rep. Welch said.  “Picking a winner is always difficult. Congratulations to Aubrey for her beautiful work. She clearly has a bright future in the arts. I’m looking forward to seeing “Brother” in the hallway on my daily walks between my office and the Capitol.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords to celebrate and encourage the artistic talent of young people from across the country.  High school students from across the country submit entries to their Representatives.  Panels of local artists in each congressional district select the winners.  Winning pieces are displayed for a year in the tunnel between the U.S. Capitol and House office buildings—a route traveled daily by Members of Congress, their staffs, and visitors from around the world.  Additionally, all Vermont students that participated in the Congressional Art Competition have been offered automatic admission to the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, a two week intensive arts program for Vermont high school students.


Other winners include:

  • Second place: “Regal” By Melissa Neff, Harwood High School, Waitsfield, Acrylic
  • Third place: “After School” by Phoebe Sarandos, Champlain Valley Union High School, Shelburne, Watercolor

Honorable Mention:

  • “Veto the Shoe Repairman” By Jesse McDougall, Harwood Union High School, Waterbury Center, 35 mm film
  • “Kristina” by Fiona Winter, Twinfield Union School, Plainfield, Oils
  • “Connected” by Tasia Lynn Lafond, Williamstown High School, Williamstown, Graphite

Judges Choice Awards:

  • “Canopies Collide” by Senan Pol, Rutland High School, Chittenden, Acrylic Paint
  • “Untitled (Bus Ride)” by Abdul Abdulrazak, Horizons Alternative School, Burlington, Digital Photography
  • “Sweet!” by Claire Holloway, Mt. Abraham Union High School, Monkton, Acrylic